Copying video from the older camcorder to my computer is possible. In fact, I created a great movie of my daughter's wedding. However, the process was a bit complex. First, I had to find a computer with a Firewire connection, and even then it had to be a Firewire 400 connector. My primary desktop computer that I would like to use for video editing only has a Firewire 800 connector. Admittedly, adapters are available; but, that adds one more item to the list of complexities. Then I had to purchase a Firewire cable.
Next, copying from a tape-based camcorder to a computer is a bit awkward. I appreciate the fact that today's latest camcorders record to flash memory. The process of copying from a flash memory card to a computer is much, much simpler than the hoops I had to jump through to copy from tape to the computer.